Ben Wylie is latest young gun TT rookie
British Supersport Championship rider Ben Wylie is the latest in a line of talented young riders set to take part in the 2009 Isle of Man TT Races.
The 25-year old from Market Drayton, Shropshire, will make his debut on the 37.73 mile Mountain course on Yamaha R1 and R6 machines in the Superstock an Supersport races respectively.
Wylie said: “I have always been a big fan of the TT and considered entering last year but the timing wasn’t right. Now I have everything in place, I’m eagerly looking forward to making my debut.
“Having seen how well many of my British Championship contemporaries have done in the past few years has inspired me even more and I’ve been in touch with the organisers for some time to get everything sorted.
"They couldn’t have been more helpful in terms of advice and encouragement and I’ve begun my training and learning in earnest so that I’m 100% prepared when Saturday, May 30th comes around. I can’t wait!”
Wylie began racing in 2000 when he finished 10th in the Aprilia Superteens riding alongside the likes of Casey Stoner, Chaz Davies and Cal Crutchlow before competing in the first two years of the British Junior Superstock Championship.
Ben moved in to the 1000cc National Superstock series for the next two seasons, in 2003, scoring a number of top ten finishes and it was this form that brought him to the attention of the Phase One World Endurance team, for whom he rode in the 2005 World Championship.
"He returned to the UK in 2006 and for the last three seasons he has been an ever-present in British Supersport Championship and finished ninth overall last year, including a secon place finish in the second Oulton round of the season.
Ben, whose mother owns and manages Wylie & Holland Motorcycles with former sidecar World Champion and TT regular Cliff Holland, will also contest the British Supersport Championship this year.